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colonialadjective

uk   /kəˈləʊ.ni.əl/  us   /-ˈloʊ-/
[before noun] relating to a colony or ​colonialism: Turkey was ​once an ​important colonial ​power. Various ​parts of ​Africa have ​suffered under colonialrule. a colonial ​mentality Colonial ​furniture or ​buildings are in the ​style of a ​period when a ​country was a colony: colonial ​architecture colonial-style ​houses

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colonialnoun [C]

uk   /kəˈləʊ.ni.əl/  us   /-ˈloʊ-/
a ​person from another ​country who ​lives in a colony, ​especially as ​part of ​itssystem of ​government
(Definition of colonial from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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colonialadjective

 us   /kəˈloʊ·ni·əl/
politics & government involving a ​period of ​politicalcontrol by a more ​powerfulcountry.
(Definition of colonial from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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